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2011 Workshops

Silk screen Transfers on Clay Surfaces
Instructor: Richard Shaw, 2011 Voulkos Fellow
August 13–14, 2011

In the world of contemporary ceramics, Richard Shaw is the master of trompe l’oeil sculpture. Throughout his career he has developed an astonishing array of techniques to create his work, including casting porcelain forms and creating surfaces using overglaze transfer decals. In this two-day workshop, Shaw will produce newsprint underglaze transfers, laser transfers, and overglaze transfers and demonstrate how he applies them in his own artwork. Students will come away with hands-on experience of Shaw’s meticulous process and knowledge of how to create and apply these different techniques in their own studios.

This workshop is open to artists of all skill levels.


Sketchbook Jar with Palette and Deer Skull, 2005
glazed porcelain with overglaze decals
10.5" x 29" x 12"


G.W.B. and Other Clowns Jar, 2005
glazed porcelain with overglaze decals
11.5" x 10" x 8"

Richard Shaw was educated at the San Francisco Art Institute where he received his BFA in 1965. He completed his MFA at the University of California at Davis in 1968. He began teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1966 where he taught for twenty years. He is presently a professor of art at the University of California at Berkeley where he teaches ceramics and drawing.

One of two National Endowment Grants allowed him to explore a photo silkscreen method of reproducing decals and allowed him to work with a professional silkscreen artist, perfecting ceramic transfers.

Shaw has been a resident artist at Shigaraki Cultural Ceramic Park in Japan and the Manufacture National de Sevres in Paris, he was elected as a fellow of the American Crafts Council in 1998, and his work is collected in both private and public collections nationally and internationally. Public collections include the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; the San Francisco Museum of Art; the Taipei Museum of Modern Art, Taiwan; the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.